You don’t win by four touchdowns on the road in the SEC without somebody stepping up. And of all the players who stepped up in the Georgia Bulldogs’ 43-14 win over the Tennessee Volunteers, these were the up-steppingest. The MVDs: Most Valuable ‘Dawgs.
Offense: Jake Fromm. Fromm completed 83% of his passes while throwing for a season-high 288 yards. Perhaps most important he extended his streak of games without throwing an interception. For those who find such things instructive (even though they’re not), Justin Fields completed 68% of his passes for 205 yards and a really poor decision resulting in an interception for Ohio State in a win over Michigan State. Again, not instructive. But just something I thought you might want to know.
Defense: Richard Lecounte. First, let’s address the elephant in the room. While DJ Daniel was the one who initially bit on the Marquez Callaway touchdown, it was Lecounte who got caught with his eyes in the backfield and who reacted too slowly to help out on that play. It’s a teachable moment for a player who you’d expect to have already learned that lesson. But Lecounte also had an interception and led the team in tackles on the night with five. Life without Deandre Baker hasn’t been easy for the UGA defense, but it’s been a particular adjustment for the Bulldog safeties Who now have to bail out merely mortal corners. On this night Lecounte did that with about 90% effectiveness.
Special teams: Rodrigo Blankenship. 3-for-3 on field goals and perfect on extra points. 0 kickoff return yards allowed. Again. Rodri-GOAT still hasn’t missed a kick on the year and it’s hard to overstate how ridiculous that is. If he’s not the most effective kicker in UGA history he’s well on his way to it. The only thing I regret about Rod-omatic for the people is the thought of having to replace him in 2020.
Am I right? Am I wrong? Feel free to let me know in the comments below. Until later...